Sense 8 reviews

Netflix has premiered the first three episodes of the Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski‘s (Changeling, World War Z) new Netflix series Sense8 to select press, and the first Sense 8 reviews have begun to come online. What is the early word? Is it a return to form for the Wachowskis? Is it worth watching? Find out after the jump, alongside new character videos released for the show by Netflix. Learn more about “eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival” in a series of videos embedded after the jump.

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Green Room clip

The new film from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier is called Green Room, and knowledge of the premise and cast was enough to place the film as number two on my “most anticipated of 2015” list, right behind Mad Max: Fury Road. The story features a punk band trapped in a backwater venue after playing an ill-advised gig, and essentially under siege from a racist gang. Patrick Stewart leads the cast as the leader of the bad guys, and Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, and Macon Blair all have parts too.

Green Room premiered at Cannes over the weekend to great acclaim, and along with the first review comments we’ve got an excellent clip from the film. Read More »

Inside Out Tomorrowland Review

The embargo has finally broken for Pixar’s Inside Out and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, and you can read the buzz reports compiling the early critical reactions at the links above. I’ve seen both films and have decided to write up my thoughts in a virtually spoiler-free reaction. Hit the jump for my thoughts.

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Inside Out

Pixar never stopped being good, but for a little while it stopped being great. Cars 2 was the first Pixar movie to get a “Rotten” score, and while Brave and Monsters University fared better they couldn’t live up to the likes of Up and Wall-E.

So there’s a lot riding on Pete Docter‘s Inside Out, which with its inventive premise and emotional appeal, looks like a potential return to form for the studio. And now that the film has made its debut at Cannes, it seems our hopes were not misplaced. Get the Inside Out early buzz after the jump.  Read More »

Tomorrowland Character posters

From the beginning, Tomorrowland has been shrouded in secrecy. But now Disney has finally opened up that mystery box for critics, and the reviews are starting to pour in.

Directed by Brad Bird from a script he wrote with Damon Lindelof, Tomorrowland centers on an idealistic teenager (Britt Robertson) and a former boy genius (George Clooney) who journey to a utopian place called Tomorrowland.

It’s a sci-fi film that calls for hope and optimism, standing in stark contrast to the dark dystopias the clog our multiplexes these days. But do good intentions make for a great movie in this case? Get the Tomorrowland early buzz after the jump. Read More »

Paramount Cinemacon reaction

I’m in Las Vegas for the yearly CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest) which is the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors. The convention is filled with talks about how to maximize profits and a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of their upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond, and some even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

This morning we saw a presentation from Paramount Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Terminator Genisys, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Star Trek 3, Zoolander 2 and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free CinemaCon Paramount reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Poster header

The first screenings of Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron took place Tuesday night for press in New York and Los Angeles. So, the big question, how is it? Sounds like it’s very, very good. Full reviews can’t go up until April 21 but, below, read an updated list of reactions to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Ex Machina

The subject of A.I. (and/or the singularity) is one ripe for cinematic exploration, and explore it we have — in Her, in Transcendence, in Chappie, in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and Terminator: Genisys. But as that list shows, the actual quality of those films has been all over the map.

Happily, Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina seems to fall on the higher end of the spectrum. After years of writing haunting sci-fi scripts for other people, Garland finally makes his directorial debut with this simple story about two men (Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson) and a beautiful but slippery A.I. (Alicia Vikander). Get the Ex Machina early buzz from SXSW after the jump.  Read More »

Trainwreck - Amy Schumer and Bill Hader

Ten years have passed since Judd Apatow made his feature directing debut with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but none of his films since have quite been able to surpass that first one. None, that is, until Trainwreck. If the early buzz out of SXSW is to be believed, his latest romantic comedy represents a new high mark for the comedy director.

Apatow’s not-so-secret weapon this time is Amy Schumer, who stars and wrote the script. In some ways, it’s familiar territory for Apatow — Schumer plays a woman who doesn’t quite have her life together, until she meets the one person who might finally inspire her to move forward — but Schumer’s unique sensibility puts a fresh spin on his perspective. Get the Trainwreck early buzz after the jump.  Read More »